Photo of Suzy Furrer

Patternmaking Basics: The Bodice Sloper

with Suzy Furrer
Patternmaking Basics: The Bodice Sloper
Accelerate your fashion design evolution. Create a moulage and use it to make a custom-fit bodice sloper — the foundation for personalized patternmaking.

Take your fashion design education to the next level in this follow-up to Patternmaking Basics: The Skirt Sloper. With Apparel Arts founder Suzy Furrer, you'll create a moulage, or a precise fabric blueprint of the upper body. Learn to draft both your front and back moulage based on accurate measurements, cut your muslin and assemble it. Then you'll go step-by-step through refining the fit. With your moulage patterns perfectly customized, you'll use them to make a finished sloper, complete with wearing ease. Suzy will even discuss design options that can be created from your bodice sloper, and how to transform your woven sloper into a knit sloper.

Sign up for both of our basic patternmaking classes and save $50, or 36%.

See all lesson detail

Lesson plan


Lesson 1. Meet Suzy Furrer

  • Suzy Furrer shares her patternmaking background and explains the moulage and sloper you'll be making.


Lesson 2. Measuring for Moulage

  • Whether you're designing for yourself, a friend or a client, Suzy shows how to get key measurements without making your model uncomfortable. Measuring a dress form poses its own challenges that you'll learn how to address.


Lesson 3. Calculating & Setting Up the Moulage

  • Using your own measurements or the example Suzy provides, you'll fill out the provided worksheet to plan your moulage. Then draft along with Suzy to create the "bones" of your moulage on pattern paper.


Lesson 4. Drafting the Front Moulage

  • Drafting the moulage may seem complicated, but Suzy shows you how to go from A to B to C and beyond to get precise measurements, darts and shaping laid down on paper.


Lesson 5. Drafting the Back Moulage

  • You'll continue drafting the back of the moulage and truing it up so it will line up with the front. Suzy demonstrates the importance of making a shoulder adjustment for the best fit.


Lesson 6. Tracing, Cutting & Sewing

  • With your moulage laid out, you can now trace it on pattern paper and prepare your muslin. Suzy gives some tracing and cutting tips, adds seam allowance and provides the order of construction for stay-stitching, sewing seams and sewing darts.


Lesson 7. Fitting & Troubleshooting

  • Now that your muslin is sewn up, you can check it on your model or dress form. Suzy points out all the key areas to check and how to adjust them. You'll then transfer those adjustment to your moulage, redrawing and cutting to achieve the exact duplicate of the body you're designing for.


Lesson 8. Drafting the Bodice Sloper

  • It's time to draft your sloper! To the precise measurements you've established in your moulage, you'll add some ease throughout the garment. The sloper you create can be the foundation of countless designs, from blouses to dresses to coats.


Lesson 9. Truing the Sloper

  • Polish your sloper by truing up your lines and darts both front and back, then place the pieces together to ensure a smooth transition between them.


Lesson 10. Transferring the Sloper to Tag

  • Trace your sloper on heavier stock such as oak tag for durability, and transfer all your darts and critical measurements.


Lesson 11. Bodice Sloper Design Options

  • Now you're ready to start designing! Suzy points out the many points in the sloper front and back that can be modified according to your designing desires. But what if you want to work with knits? No problem! With a few simple changes, your sloper can be modified to use with stretchy fabrics, too.

"I've got too many pattern drafting books to count, but few of them explain the process nearly as clearly as Suzy does! For me, a Craftsy aficionado and an engineer, Suzy has taken pattern drafting from magic to logic!!"
avatar - annahoja
Stockholm, Sweden

5000+ students have enrolled in this class

Recently Enrolled

  • Remi Ayoh
  • Zena.hay
  • Maya Becker
  • Mackenzie Turner
  • Kerine Simmonds
  • dr_kcarte1510427249
  • Wendy Whitener
  • Sheryl Giles
  • Laurie Lively
  • andrewske1673499165

Student projects

Save 50%
Retail Price $69.99
Add to Cart Buy as a gift

For $34.99 you get:

  • The second class in our patternmaking series 
  • Patternmaking techniques that can be used for yourself or your line
  • 11 HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • More than 5 hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers from Suzy in our virtual classroom
  Closed Captioned

The Craftsy guarantee

  • Watch classes on your own schedule: wherever, whenever you want.
  • Your access never expires.
  • 100% money back guarantee.

Already enrolled?